MICHAEL FRANTI & FRIENDS ‘BAND TOGETHER FOR DISASTER RELIEF’ – A CONCERT TO BENEFIT VICTIMS OF THE QUEENSLAND FLOODS, CHRISTCHURCH & JAPANESE EARTHQUAKES & TSUNAMI
On Wednesday, April 20th 2011 at Byron Bay, Australia’s The Northern venue, musician and activist, Michael Franti along with his band, Spearhead, Luciano, The Aggrolites, Warrior King, Kim Churchill, Nicky Bomba and Bonnie Casey, with Peter Noble producer of Bluesfest and the good people at The Northern Hotel in Byron Bay, Australia, are banding together’ to help those in need. This action and concert is to provide money and services toward the crippling and devastating disasters that have hit Japan, New Zealand and regionally in Queensland, Australia. Floods, earthquakes and tsunamis have taken a toll on millions of people recently and we are the lucky ones that get to help. It will be a night of celebration for life, acknowledging and helping those caught in the multi-regional disasters. The evening is an international collective of musicians from USA, Jamaica, Canada and Australia that care and will perform semi-acoustic sets closing with an all-star jam that will surely be of legendary proportions.
*MICHAEL FRANTI has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music over the last two decades from his youthful beginnings with The Beatnigs to the hip-hop infused Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy to his current hybrid of groove-laden, dance floor dub-rock band, Spearhead and his solo, intimate singer- songwriter messaging that pulls at your heart and soul. His latest release, The Sound of Sunshine, marked the highest chart debut of Franti’s career on the Billboard Top 200 and continues to find success on the charts with singles “The Sound of Sunshine”, “Hey Hey Hey” and the latest release “I’ll Be Waiting”. Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world as he continues to bring his unique sound and inspiring message to fans everywhere.
Well aware that countless others face far worse problems than he did, Franti wanted the album to communicate a sense of hope and possibility for anybody who needs it. From his days of The Beatnigs, and later the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and then the urban-groove of his current band, Spearhead, Franti has crossed all sorts of musical and physical boundaries in order to make music for everybody and speak out and serve those that need help most.
*THE AGGROLITES are more than a band they are a movement unto themselves. They carry a banner – one created with their own hands. This banner reads, “Dirty Reggae,” and represents their signature fusion of reggae, soul, grit and determination. With their 5th full-length collection, “Rugged Road”, released as a series of vinyl singles followed by a full-length release in 12” vinyl, CD and digital formats, the dirty reggae bunch has rolled from city to city, across the pond and up main street rallying the kids, the parents, the students, the cops, the bosses and the drifters. The people come, they relish in The Aggrolites, the dirty reggae and the joy that comes with it all. The liberating rhythms and catchy grooves demand a return trip.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 20th, 2011
Hotel Great Northern –
The Northern 35 – 43
Jonson Street , Byron Bay 2481